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Ainge likes Wallace

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  July 1, 2009 02:05 PM

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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told Comcast Sportsnet's Gary Tanguay today that he was interested in free-agent forward Rasheed Wallace, and that the team would meet with him soon.

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"I think he would love playing with [Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen]," Ainge told Tanguay.

No timetable has been set for Wallace's meeting with the Celtics, according to Tanguay, though he thought it would be soon.

Wallace, who made $13.68 million last season while averaging 12 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in Detroit, would likely need to take a major pay cut to play in Boston.

His attitude problems have been well documented, but when Wallace is on, he's one of the most versatile big men in the game. Wallace seemed to quit on his team during last season's playoffs, a four-game sweep at the hands of the Cavs. But his name has been surfacing all over the place.

"The Celtics want him and he wants the Celtics," Tanguay said a couple of nights ago, sounding pretty certain Wallace would land in Boston.

On today's episode of Globe 10.0, Tony Massarotti and Dan Shaughnessy discussed the possibility of Wallace joining the Celtics, something they both think would be a worthy endeavor.

"I think I'm in the 'OK, take a chance on this' [line of thinking] because you figure the talent is so far above the other people you're talking about," Shaughnessy says "Rasheed Wallace is an incredible talent. He's 6-foot-11, he can shoot it from 30 feet. If he wants to help you he can really help you.

"I've got to think with Garnett, Pierce, Allen, that's going to bring out the best in him. I'm even told he would accept a coming-off-the-bench role."

What do you think about the possibility of Wallace on the Celtics? A worthwhile pursuit or too much baggage for your taste? Let us know in the comments section.

Boston.com's Gary Dzen contributed to this report.

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